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Simon Stålenhag

Simon Stalenhag has gotten his hands on a heap of projects and it’s worth your time to check out each one! But even though Simon’s pumping out amazing work in multiple mediums, some solid info on the guy is scarce. So I’ll just do what every other article about him as done and paste-in the one paragraph from his ‘about’ page:

“I’ve been involved with a lot of different projects, ranging from films, commercials and book covers to art directing and concepting for video games. I’m also the second half of Pixeltruss (the other half being Tommy Salomonsson), who recently released the 16-bit platformer Ripple Dot Zero.”

I am a complete sucker for some sweet sweet atmospheric perspective, and when I laid eyes on Simon’s work, my pupils grew to 5x their size–a reaction that used to be more common when I was a fat kid seeing my mom and just brought home hotpockets. Now the pupil-grow is a seldom happening, reserved only for great talent (and chocolate milk). It should also be noted that Simon is an ace with colors and lighting. Everything in the scene is so well captured and works as a cohesive whole; something that can be quite difficult to nail.

Another of Simon’s projects that you’d be a fool to ignore is Pixeltruss! If you know me in real life, then you probably know making video games has been a dream of mine since I was 5, so when I learned Simon’s helping make games I had to check it out……and it’s awesome.

Pixeltruss has two games which you can play right now in your internet window. The first of which isn’t worth mentioning and the second, Ripple Dot Zero, is incredible (if you’re into 16bit era sidescrollers [which you are]). In PixelTruss, Simon does the art and music while Tommy is more of the dev persuasion. Peep the Ripple Dot Zero trailer at the end of the post or skip two minutes into the future and just start playing it here (I bet you can’t find ALL the secret areas :P).

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Petite Pretty Petri Paintings

These wondrous paintings were done in a petri dish by Klari Reis, whom I know nothing about. Her site is flash and her ‘about me’ is 4 paragraphs long; a recipe for me to leave. But those shameful mistakes do not carry over to these circles of whimsy she does everyday. She posts a new one everyday!!

Take a look at a few of my favorites and peep the rest from this year so far.

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Steven Noble

This post is actually categorized under ‘super boss’. Chris and I love love love woodcut illustration, and so does everybody else apparently. If you’ve ever bought alcohol in your life, you’ve seen Steven’s work. His clients range from Coors, Mercedes-Benz, Land’s End, Altoids, and Old Spice. Some of my favorite works of his are for Espolón Tequila and Kraken Rum.

If you look through Steven’s site, you’ll notice a lot of very typical woodcut illustration. However, he really knows how to give character to such a ridiculously old art. When I was researching the package design of these two brands, the agencies who are responsible don’t even mention the illustrator behind the design. These designs wouldn’t be the same without that fantastical look and feel of the woodcut illustrations. Those agencies (Landor and Stranger and Stranger) probably just wanted to take all the credit themselves. Luckily, Steven receives a ton of props on his Behance site. Nice work, dude!

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Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

Artist Luke Jerram has made diseases (and 5ft sperm) out of glass and they’re amazing! I really don’t care for glass art at all in any way. I can see all the work and talent that goes into working with glass and can imagine how difficult it must be, but it just doesn’t grab me by the balls the same way a beautiful typeface might. These diseases, though, have grabed my balls w TWO hands; they’re wondrous!

These diseases are actually smaller than light waves, so presenting them as clear, colorless beasts is actually more accurate. Typically renderings will show these organisms as colored, either by scientists who color them to help with their studies, or colored by media who potentially just color them however they feel like. Which raises the question “how do the way these diseases are colored affect our perception of them?” By displaying diseases in a glass form, “a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.”

Because they’re more accurate, photos of Luke’s diseases have been used in medical journals textbooks, and we all know making it into books is pretty BOSS.

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Low Poly Wanna Cracker

If you follow me (literally) then you (Selena) know that I’ve been obsessed on low-poly 3D. I’ve been playing with it for a few weeks now and I can’t get enough of it. A ‘poly’ is a polygon which is one surface of an object and the lower number of polygons an object has, the more rigid it looks.

I know it’s trendy and I usually don’t praise what’s already trending about the place, but I can’t seem to shake this sort of lowpoly puppy-love.

Some of these are just abstract 3D things, which is way overplayed and needs to be put to bed already(!), but I love the landscapes. The images with more elements working together.

I’ve been making little models and scenes which I plan to post about soon, but for now, check out these sweet sweet gems :)

John Baldessari Narr. by Tom Waits

After seeing this, I dug a little further on Baldessari and found this documentary on him (spoiler alert: it’s awful). But it turns out that Baldessari has dipped his toe in painting, photogrphy, video, and sculpture (and probably a few more mediums) which seems to be a common trait of ‘the greats.’ Oh, and the man has a damn iphone app out (what!).

Sifting through more info and works, I realized I really liked Baldessari’s approach and method on art, but I really don’t care for the actual work he’s done. Are you feelin’ it?

Peep the quick history on Baldessari, some of his work, and go make some whacky thing and call it ART. Just this morning I used my phone to make a video of me repeatedly standing up and sitting down in the shower for twenty minutes and every third stand up I’d shout “bike helmet boxes!!”

Stacey Rozich Interview

Presenting Stacey Rozich by BossnotBoss! Ok, so we’re not really presenting her, more like bringing her to your screen and into your room. Wow that sounds creepy, but probably not as creepy as Rozich’s art.

We are lucky enough to know this Seattle illustrator turned designer to snag this amazing bit of film to tell people what she is really all about. You may recognize her style from her recent work in the latest Fleet Foxes video, The Shrine An Argument. So watch this exclusive interview with Rozich and go to her site for more info and show her some mad love!

Lekan Jeyifo

You ought to know by now that these colors are what initially caught my peepers by the collar and started slapping them back n’ forth in a cartoonish style yelling, “LOOK AT ME”, but the detail is what reeled me in quick like when you realize a woman’s laughing at your jokes, even when they’re not funny.

A few of these look like really official charts and diagrams of circuitry maps which is something I’m slowly becoming obsessed on. There’s just something about seeing design work at maximum efficiency that gives me a nice hard-on. It’s so frustrating to hear people think that design is just making things pretty……but that’s a whole other discussion.

Jeyifo has a ton of other work running around on his Behance, but they just don’t arrest me like these ones do, but you should see the rest of his work for yourself and maybe put me in my place.

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Eric Frommelt

Eric’s work is simple and complicated all at the same time and there’s something in my mind that wants to give that aspect a big hug and take it on a picnic. And you already know I’m digging on those colors so well I almost broke my mind shovel.

Most of these remind me a lot of an electrical diagram. Like those circuitry maps that have really geometric symbols and line that are either horizontal or vertical (I’ve recently become obsessed on those). But there are also elements that, although rigid and deliberate, seem very organic. It’s this strange and wonderful contrast that has gotten Eric’s work onto the great wall of BossnotBoss.

Be sure to peep more on his site!

Todd Selby x Christine Sun Kim

We own the sound around us. It soothes, troubles, & assures us of the world we live in. There is more emotion in sound than we could ever fathom unless we couldn’t sense it. What is a sensation if you can’t detect it?

Christine Sun Kim doesn’t hear sound but she feels it. Born deaf, she has found a way to harness & express what she cannot grasp. Todd Selby (of The Selby!) showcases Christine’s deaf performance art & sonic experiments in this short but ever so intriguing new film. Definitely worth some of your time on this fine turkey day.

Check out more of Christine’s work here  And check out more Todd Selby here

 

 
ps. This post is the first BnB post by our new author, Ana Nelson! Be sure to check out her site to learn about how awesome she is :)